Get Ready For a Cultural Free-For-All

By Michael Berick

Los Angeles event - Museum free-for-all

The Autry is one museum you can visit for free. PHOTO COURTESY THE AUTRY

The SoCal Museums is a group representing more than 20 area museums. This collection of regional cultural institutions covers a wide range of interests — from Tyrannosaurus rex to TV sets, ancient masterpieces to astronauts and the Wild West to wildflowers. For the 11th year, the group has organized Museums Free-For-All Day, Jan. 30, where institutions admit visitors free.

Participating institutions range from big names such as the Broad, Getty Villa and Getty Center (timed tickets required; go to www.getty.edu), the Orange County Museum of Art, LACMA (general admission only), and MOCA to regional venues including Laguna Art Museum, the Torrance Art Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

You also can explore the world by visiting the USC Pacific Asia Museum, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, the Museum of Latin American Art and the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Or discover more about America at the Autry Museum of the American West, the California African American Museum and the Japanese American National Museum.

Also participating will be local favorites such as the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Descanso Gardens, California Science Center (general admission only), La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (doesn’t include Ice Age Encounters or 3D movie), the Paley Center for Media and the Zimmer Children’s Museum (which will be open free on Sunday since it is closed on Saturday). For a complete museum list and further details, go to www.socalmuseums.org/free.

To help you get from one museum to the next, SoCal Museums has teamed up with L.A. Metro to offer special deals. Learn more at www.metro.net/discounts.

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